(originally posted at defunct university blog August 7, 2006)

Been a long time since my last post, largely because I’m forgetful and the Rice blogs seem to be down most of the time.

I’m currently wrapping up a short fieldwork stint here in my home state of Alaska. I’m working with a wonderful native speaker of Iñupiaq, learning all sorts of things about the language. There’s a good possibility this will lead to longer fieldwork trips in the future, too.

In related news, today I found four Iñupiaq books at a local bookshop. Finding anything written in Iñupiaq is quite rare, so this is like finding the complete works of Shakespeare on the Tom Clancy/romance novel/pulp fiction shelf at your local gas station. I haven’t had a chance to delve into them that much yet, but they all appear to be in the Barrow dialect.


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